Ahoy there everyone,
Welcome to Young Endeavour’s twentieth voyage for 2011. Our journey commences in Melbourne and concludes in Hobart. To facilitate our adventure under sail, it is an honour to introduce the ten Staff Crew that will guide and shape our voyage during the next 11days:
Sail Master Joel
Watch Officer Jarrod
Red Watch Leader Carly
White Watch Leader JB
Blue Watch Leader Guv
Assistant Blue Watch Leader Dougie
The voyage officially commenced at 1500 today when 27 Youth Crew from across Australia embarked in Young Endeavour berthed at Workshop Jetty, Williamstown. Once all possessions had been stowed, all hands were mustered on deck for a welcome address and staff introductions before friends and family were emotionally farewelled. All lines were cast off and the ship departed the jetty for Hobsons Bay adjacent Station Pier for an overnight anchorage.
The Youth Crew under the direction of their watch leaders, conducted ship familiarisation and a number of introduction activities to integrate the members of each watch. Once completed the first of many very tasty meals crafted by master chef Adrian was consumed. After dinner, voyage expectations, requirements and safety aspects for the next 11 days onboard were discussed. Then without further ado in cold conditions, some nerves, a great deal of courage and a lot of determination every single member of our new crew proceeded aloft onto the foremast for their first night climb. The surrounding view of Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay from aloft was both inspiring and invigorating.
I am very pleased to report that all of the Youth Crew performed extremely well on their first day and I am from the outset impressed with both their individual efforts and team attitude. After having a celebratory hot chocolate followed by a 90 second shower, each has now turned in for a well deserved first night sleep in Young Endeavour.
Tomorrow morning we will awake at 0630, before weighing anchor to conduct a transit across Port Phillip Bay, commencing our first phase of sail handling before exiting The Rip for Bass Strait at approximately 1750.
Until tomorrow evening, take care.